Portland events calendar - April 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, Easter egg hunts, and kids’ free events in Portland, Oregon.

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Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do in April 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Easter egg hunts

April 1 - 5, 2015 (also March)

Confirm date, time, and rain policy.

Tense terrorist thriller

April 1 - 5, 2015 (also March)

0.5 miles west

The Invisible Hand is a politically provocative play about a banker forced to manipulate the financial markets to pay a ransom to his Islamic captors, at Artists Repertory Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Portland humor

April 1 - 19, 2015 selling fast

0.5 miles NW

Laugh about the oddities of life in Portlandia at The People’s Republic of Portland, a one-woman show at Gerding Theater for age 14+.

Discount tickets.

Arthur Miller play

April 1 - 26, 2015 (begins March 31)

0.5 miles east

The Price is about two estranged brothers who unearth long-buried resentments in the attic of their deceased father at Morrison Stage.

Discount tickets.

Tulip festival

April 1 - 30, 2015 (March 20 - May 3)

35 miles south

See 40 acres of tulips and daffodils in bloom, visit the gift shop & cafe, and check the weekend-events schedule for Tulip Fest at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn.

Jewish comedy

April 2 - 4, 2015 (also March)

1.8 miles NE

Jewtopia is an entertaining play about cultural clashes when 30-year-old Jews and gentiles date, at The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza.

Discount tickets.

Comedy and variety acts

April 2 - 5, 2015

4.7 miles NE

Umbrella Festival [scroll down] is a circus and comedy show with acrobats, aerialists, and clowns, plus an adult cabaret night of drag and burlesque at Alberta Rose Theatre. Discount tickets.

Beer and wine festival

April 3 - 4, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Spring Beer & Wine Fest brings 80 Northwest beers, wines and spirits, gourmet food, chocolate, cheese, and chef seminars to Oregon Convention Center.

Easter in the Pearl District

April 4, 2015 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

0.7 miles north

Familes follow a map to collect free treats in shops, do art projects, win prizes and hear music in Jamison Square at Hippity Hop Bunny Hop Through the Pearl.

Bunny beer crawl

April 4, 2015 (3 p.m.)

1 mile SE

Portland Bunnycon [first log into Facebook] begins at Pour Sports and promises games and prizes. Free.

Rabbit romp at the zoo

April 4, 2015

3 miles west

Oregon Zoo Rabbit Romp features candy-egg hunts by age group every 15 minutes, bunnies to pet, bunny crafts, and games at the Oregon Zoo.

Egg hunt at the dairy

April 4, 2015

6.4 miles SW

Children from 3 to 5 and from 6 to 8 hunt for candy and prizes at the Easter Egg Hunt at Alpenrose Dairy.

Easter in Hillsboro

April 4, 2015

16 miles west

The Great Westside Easter Event includes egg hunts, prizes, emergency vehicles, bounce houses, games, pony rides, arts and crafts for $5 per family at Washington County Fair Complex

Romantic comic play

April 4 - May 3, 2015

0.5 miles NW

Cyrano is a 17th century swordsman with a giant nose who woos Roxane with poetry via a handsome courier, at Gerding Theater.

Discount tickets.

Easter restaurants

April 5, 2015

Portland locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

Easter cruise

April 5, 2015

0.5 miles east

Portland Spirit offers brunch and dinner river cruises boarding from Salmon Street Springs Fountain.
April 2015

European classical music

April 6 - 7, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Elias Quartet is an award-winning European ensemble playing works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, and more in Lincoln Performance Hall.

Discount tickets.

Contemporary dance

April 9 - 11, 2015 (8 p.m.)

8 miles SW

Urban Bush Women stamp and strut to lively jazz music at the Newmark Theatre. Discount tickets.

Auto parts swap meet

April 9 - 12, 2015

7 miles north

Choose from 2 auto-parts swap meets this weekend.

Ashland film festival

April 9 - 13, 2015

285 miles south

Ashland Independent Film Festival features world class films, locally made films, after-parties, awards, and filmmaker panels in downtown Ashland.

Wine tasting

April 10, 2015 (4 to 7 p.m.)

1.6 mile NW

Get a taste from 25 Columbia Gorge wineries at the Portland Grand Tasting at Castaway.

Ghost conference

April 10 - 12, 2015

15 miles south

Oregon Ghost Conference features guest speakers, classes, vendors, special investigations, social events, and ghost tours of historic Oregon City.

Scooter party

April 10 - 13, 2015

Portland locations

Spring Scoot is a weekend of rides and social events for riders of mopeds, scooters, and bicycles. Free.

Wine tasting in Columbia River Gorge

April 10 - 26, 2015

100 miles east

Buy a passport for weekend tastings and events at dozens of wineries during April Passport Month.

Tour historic homes

April 11, 2015

Portland locations

Get renovation ideas by visiting 7 restored, historic homes on the self-guided Old House Revival Tour.


April 11, 2015 (8 p.m.)

3.5 miles north

Real people tell amazing stories about the heartache and humor in their lives during Urban Tellers at Alberta Abbey for age 21+.

Discount tickets.

Orchid show

April 11 - 12, 2015

1.5 miles NE

See thousands of blooming orchids on display and for sale at the Oregon Orchid Show & Sale, billed as the largest orchid show in the Pacific Northwest, at Ambridge Event Center.

Spring in Hood River

April 11 - 26, 2015

81 miles east

Drive the 35-mile Fruit Loop during Hood River Blossom Time to see blossoming fruit trees, stop at farms, taste beer and wine, (and visit the Blossom Craft & Quilt Show April 18 to 19).

Bridge to Brews

April 12, 2015

2 miles north

Run or walk the Bridge to Brews 8K/10K over the Fremont bridge and to a post-race party at Waterfront Park with beer tasting and live music.

Portland Lindy Exchange

April 17 - 19, 2015

Portland locations

Lindy hop fans dance to jazz and swing bands at venues all over the city during Portland Lindy Exchange.

Hardy plant sale

April 18 - 19, 2015

7 miles north

Shop for new and time-tested plants as well as garden art at Hortlandia, a plant and art sale run by Hardy Plant Society of Oregon (HPSO) at Portland Expo Center. Free.

Pet fair

April 18 - 19, 2015

7 miles north

Bring your pet to Northwest Pet & Companion Fair to shop for supplies, see a pet fashion show, play with pets, or even adopt at Portland Expo Center. Free.

Modern dance

April 21 - 22, 2015

0.2 miles SW

The legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem performs a boldly contemporary program at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Discount tickets.

Extreme motorsports race

April 24 - 26, 2015

Oregon locations

Oregon Trail Rally begins Friday evening at Portland International Raceway with a rally and driver meet & greet. Dufur and Hood River also host spectator events for this race on gravel logging roads.

Giant art show

April 24 - 26, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Local artists’ guilds join forces to sell ceramic, metal, wood, glass, bead, and handwoven art at Gathering of the Guilds at Oregon Convention Center. Free.

Rock show

April 24 - 26, 2015

8 miles NE

Mt. Hood Rock Club Show features demonstrations, kids’ activities, and vendors seling rocks, minerals, fossils, and jewelry at Kliever Memorial Armory. Free.

Astoria seafood festival

April 24 - 26, 2015

87 miles NW

Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival features coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, and wine tasting. Children are free on Sunday.

Classic comedy

April 24 - May 3, 2015

1.2 miles SE

School for Scandal is a modern rewrite of a play that has entertained audiences for 250 years, with witty dialogue, mistaken identity, eavesdropping, infidelity, and scandal at Zoomtopia.

Discount tickets.

82nd Avenue of Roses Parade

April 25, 2015 (9:30 a.m.)

6 miles SE

The 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade is followed by a carnival and car show at Eastport Plaza. Free.


April 25 - 26, 2015 (1 p.m.)

8 miles SW

The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre showcases its best aspiring dancers at the Annual School Performance at Newmark Theatre.

Agricultural festival

April 25 - 26, 2015

46 miles south

Experience life on the farm. Plant a seedling, ride a pony, watch chicks hatch, pet a rabbit, or even dig for potatoes at Oregon Ag Fest at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.

Food cart festival

April 29, 2015 (5 to 9 p.m.)

1 mile SE

Buy a ticket to taste samples from food carts at Eat Mobile, in 3 locations connected by shuttle buses in 2015. Tickets on sale April 1.

Historical comedy in Spanish

April 30 - May 23, 2015

1.2 miles east

While studying for a U.S. citizenship exam, Juan hallucinates about being present at key historical events in humorous American Night: The Ballad of Juan José at Milagro Theatre with English subtitles.

Discount tickets.

Next month:May 2015

April 2015 calendar of events in Portland, OR. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Portland, Oregon.     steve.fox@events12.com